How Long Will It Take Me To Be Successful?

Last Update: August 22, 2019

It always amazes me when people ask me that question or the variations listed below:

  • How long did it take you to be successful?
  • When did you earn your first sale?
  • How many hours do you spend and how much do you make?
  • If I put in x hours per day, how much can I make or when can I expect to be successful?

Depending on where you are in your business, you've either asked these same questions or have heard variations of them.

Time for some tough love.

Here's the thing, none of these questions really matter or apply to your situation! Yeah I said it! But hear me out before you start rolling your eyes and getting offended.

Often times these questions are really just symptoms of one or more of the following:

  • Insecurities
  • Inaction
  • Impatience
  • Doubt
  • Desperation

What does it really matter how long it took myself or any other successful online business owner to succeed? None of us are clones of each other. There are always variations on how we process what we learn and more importantly how we apply it. So even if I told you it took me a week to become successful, it doesn't mean you will. Oh, but I want to have an idea or range to strive for?

Let's Reminisce...

Prior to Wealthy Affiliate most of us were destined and accepted that we would work for "THE MAN" for damn near the rest of our lives or until we can retire. If we were lucky, we would have a nice little nest egg. Then if we were still healthy enough or had the finances, we would spend the remainder of our lives trying to do things we really wanted to do while we were busting our ass for the man.

So that was probably 20-30 years of your life that you would have readily given up for someone else that really doesn't care about your success. But now, you have the opportunity to dictate how much money you deserve to make and what you could do with your time. And yet you have the audacity to be worried about how long it's going to take you succeed?

Does that really make sense? Isn't that disrespectful to yourself, your dreams or family? It shouldn't matter how long it will take you to succeed if you're really about that life of freedom & prosperity!

Exceptions To The Rule.

So I don't sound like a total tool, I want recognize that some people are asking the questions listed in this post because they need income right away because of dire financial situations. This article isn't directed at those folks. My advice for people in that situation is to focus on quicker temporary solutions like getting a work at home job until you can get your business to where it can totally support you. For everyone else that falls into what I described previously, I have the solution for you below.

The Answer!

Your business is exactly like the quote above. It's about getting to the finish line. When you get there doesn't make a difference. You just need to reach whatever that finish line is for you, your family or whatever is motivating you.

So do yourself and your dreams a favor, don't limit them to time frames. Stop comparing yourself to others or imaginary time frames.

Instead, get out there and bust your ass for yourself as you would have done for "The Man" for the next 20-30 years. Scratch that! Work harder and longer because now you're working for the company called "Me, Myself & I!"

What do you guys think? Am I off base here? Chime in below. I would love to hear your feedback. I'll be the first to admit I've been guilty of some of the actions listed above so I'm speaking from experience.

Please free to share this article here on WA or outside of WA to anyone that may find it useful.

Thanks for reading my little rant.


P.S. My bad if I've offended anyone but sometimes we all need real talk. LOL =)

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you are absolutely right Eddy long day at school and work and your work so hard and they don't even care to say that person worked long and hard they need a day off or something then when you get sick or something is wrong with you then is when you see they true identity
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JCcarlos Premium
This is very relatable for me, I started out asking these questions. The more I asked them the worse they got. Three weeks in I just realized it's not about the money but about placing new ideas out there and to reach others who are looking for more solutions.

It's about doing it and wanting to do it that matters regardless of when, how much money or if it is quick and easy to achieve. It's like the Nike slogan. Better yet the less we think about these trivial matters the more we'll achieve or get done. It's about what we give rather than what we get out of it!
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Indeed Jose. I'm glad you realized that.
AnthonyKing Premium
Good article, Eddy.

I once thought about how to make money quickly, then a wealthy friend of mine said my psychology was all wrong. He said my focus should be about building the business to solve people's problems; the money is a by-product of that process.

From that point on, I looked for a good platform to set a good foundation to build my business and came across WA. I just love the structure of WA and I'm excited to work on my business of solving people's problems through WA.

Once again, thanks for the link to the article; it was a good read and validated what my friend had told me.

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I'm glad to hear we're on the same page.
LDarnell Premium
Thanks for the excellent article Eddy.

I am new to Wealthy Affiliate but not new to the concept of using your goals, youtube morning affirmations, self hypnosis, using a day timer, setting and reviewing your goals in specific terms.

I noticed that some folk are missing the opportunity to put real numbers to their dream goals which would attract the Universe to begin to create the miracles and resources and results that is the purpose of writing out their financial goals.

We have all been programmed to think small when it comes to finances. It is ok to think BIG, as long as we take real steps to make it come true. Specific steps, specific goals, and I find WA simplifies the steps.

Without the daily use of a day timer / planner, I am all in my head again, resulting in fuzzy thinking / planning. It all comes together if I focus on making my day timer my best friend.

This is a great master mind community.

I am thankful to be a part of it.
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You're very welcome Leslie! It sounds like you're very focused. So I applaud you.
apbridges60 Premium
Thank you Eddy for sharing your well written, well put article - I needed to hear it too, because I wanted to make money in my FIRST year with WA, but I did not work the program and do the training CONSISTENTLY FOR 9 MONTHS, even though I was paying $47.00 a month for the program - so I could just KICK MYSELF for WASTING all that time, when the program and the training were sitting RIGHT HERE ALL THE TIME for me to JUST DO IT, and move forward - but NOW I'm moving on to Level 3 and right NOW, I just want to make my first SALE...... or first WA referral or JAAXY referral, or SOMETHING...... and THEN work toward my $10,000 a month.......
EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad you could admit to yourself you needed to put in the effort consistently. Some people like to blame everything else but themselves. And their results reflect it. But you're on the right track now.
apbridges60 Premium
And just like tonight - everyone else in my house is ASLEEP, and I'm up DETERMINED to finish LEVEL TWO completely, so I can move ON to Level THREE TOMORROW...... I do have the Broncos / Texans football game on, but it's muted, so I can hear Kyle training or I can hear myself think while I'm typing my "success" blog post that I just wrote to wrap up Level Two, and now I just got a reply in the live chat that I was just a part of, and it's 11:26 pm in South Carolina, and I'm still working....... thanks for responding!!! Hopefully I REALLY AM on the right track now....... here comes the dough!!
EddySalomon Premium
I remember many late nights and early mornings working on my blog and I still do it. So the work never stops.